Is Acupuncture right for me?
Here at Choice Physio Ltd we are great advocates of Acupuncture and regularly use it in combination with other manual Physiotherapy treatments. It is a useful treatment modality which can be used to help many different types of injuries, pain and aid general relaxation. Conditions we often treat with Acupuncture include: migraines, headaches, chronic pain, neck, back pain and joint pain. There are two forms of Acupuncture; Western (medical) and Chinese Acupuncture. Our Physiotherapists are highly experienced and trained in both concepts, and are accredited members of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP).
How does Acupuncture work?
The Western concept is based on stimulating sensory nerves and muscles, which encourages the body to release natural substances, such as pain relieving endorphins. The needle stimulates an increase in local blood flow to the area, as well as stimulating histamine release into the system. The chemical release can enhance the body’s natural healing response, and help with pain relief and relaxation. Chemical release can be achieved locally, at spinal level or centrally (in the brain) depending on the depth, time and location of the needles.
Chinese Acupuncture was developed thousands of years ago in the Far East. It works using channels which are known as ‘meridians’, in order to produce a chemical response in the body. These meridians run from point to point, with each being linked to an organ and therefore used to treat different bodily areas. The Chinese believe pain or changes in the body occur if the meridian becomes ‘blocked’, not allowing energy to travel freely around the body. By placing needles along the channel you can stimulate blood and energy flow and release the blockage, therefore rebalancing and positively influencing the patient's symptoms.
At Choice Physio Ltd we are trained in both concepts, and use a combination of Acupuncture points that are tailored to each patient and the presenting symptoms. Acupuncture has an accumulative effect, and therefore a course of treatment is usually recommended to provide longer lasting pain relief.
If you are wondering if Acupuncture could benefit you, please feel free to call Choice Physio Ltd on 01279 882518 and our Physiotherapist’s would be more than happy to speak to you to see how we can help you.
If you are interested in finding out more about acupuncture please do not hesitate to contact us here at Choice Physio limited!